Sticks and Stones by Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarThe words you use when you speak to someone can make a dramatic difference in that person’s performance. As a child I heard the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!” As an adult, however, I quickly learned that nothing could be further from the truth. A thoughtless, cruel, condemning word, especially from a person you love or respect, can have a devastating effect for many years. How many times have we heard someone say to a child, “You’re just like your father,” and they don’t mean it as a compliment, or, “You’ll never amount to anything. You’re no good.” “You can’t learn math,” or “You’re just plain dumb.” As a child I heard the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!” As an adult, however, I quickly learned that nothing could be further from the truth. A thoughtless, cruel, condemning word, especially from a person you love or respect, can have a devastating effect for many years. NULL

How many times have we heard someone say to a child, “You’re just like your father,” and they don’t mean it as a compliment, or, “You’ll never amount to anything. You’re no good.” “You can’t learn math,” or “You’re just plain dumb.” On the other side of the coin, the proper words can inspire and encourage people to do some marvelous things with their lives. Sidney Harris points out that when most people tell you they’re going to tell you something “for your own good,” they generally proceed to tell you something bad. How much better it would be if parents told their children something good “for their own good.” For example, “If you continue to study your lessons like that, you have an excellent chance of winning a college scholarship,” or, “If you continue to treat people that way, you will have friends all over the world.” Or, “If you continue to work with the enthusiasm you now have, one of these days you will be the president of your own company.” Mother Teresa put it this way: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

The words you use when you speak to someone can make a dramatic difference in that person’s performance.

So, be nice, say something encouraging, and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

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